Middle East Broadcasting Networks

MBN is an Arabic-language news organization with a weekly audience of more than 27.5 million people in 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa, countries Freedom House deemed “not free” or “partly free” in 2016. MBN networks support democratic values by expanding the spectrum of ideas in the region and engaging audiences to share perspectives.

MBN consists of two television networks (Alhurra and Alhurra-Iraq); Radio Sawa; Afia Darfur; Alhurra.com; RadioSawa.com; Irfaasawtak.com and various social media platforms. The networks broadcast news and information from  their headquarters in Northern Virginia, along with bureaus in Cairo, Dubai, Jerusalem, Beirut, Erbil, Rabat, Baghdad,  and Washington, DC. MBN has correspondents throughout the Middle East and North Africa. MBN’s networks provide an undistorted line of communication with the people of the Middle East and North Africa.

Alhurra is a 24/7 Arabic-language television network that provides news and analysis to more than 17 million viewers each week.  Its in-depth discussion programs provide points of view from throughout the region and the U.S.

Radio Sawa attracts young audiences by playing contemporary Arabic and Western music with news and information programs. It is one of the most popular radio stations in the countries where it can be heard on FM.

Tackling topics not found in other media outlets, Alhurra and Radio Sawa are connecting with Arab audiences. They are regularly cited for their trustworthy news and have been recognized with numerous awards for their on-air content.

MBN Digital provides original reporting and interactive posts on Facebook and integration within on-air broadcasts. Primetime newscasts and current affairs programs incorporate social media into their daily lineups.

Together, these networks deliver accurate and objective information on the region, American policies and Americana with a broad range of perspectives and an open dialogue on issues of importance to the audience.

MBN operates under a grant from the BBG.


Alhurra.com opens the door for independent voices in the Middle East

Alhurra Television’s all-news website, Alhurra.com, has commissioned some of the most noted and outspoken authors to be a part of the newly created op-ed section of the website, “From A Different Angle.”

MBN report features Mosul native’s artistic response to ISIS propaganda

Alhurra-Iraq aired a video story about an Iraqi artist who took back the streets and walls of the city by painting over the messages of intolerance and violence left behind by the militant group.

ISIS defectors reveal disillusionment in a new documentary series on Alhurra

In the new documentary series Exiting ISIS, defectors provide first-hand accounts that reveal the extremist group’s entrenched culture of deception, intimidation, cruelty, drugs, and sexual abuse. The series debuts July 1, 2017.

Radio Sawa wins gold medal at the New York Festivals

The report “Syrian Women Resist ISIS” was named the best Information/Documentary Report in the category honoring heroes.

Special Ramadan coverage on Alhurra and Radio Sawa

The Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN) commemorates the month of Ramadan with special programming and daily reports from the U.S., the Middle East and North Africa. The programming started at the beginning of the Muslim holy month and continues through Eid.


MBN wins best Information/Documentary report for honoring heroes

Gold Medal Information/Documentary, Heroes, New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards (2017)

Radio Sawa’s report profiles a group of courageous women who stood up to ISIS in Syria, took home the Gold Medal at the 2017 New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards.

Radio Sawa correspondent honored at the Multicultural Correspondents Dinner

International Journalist of the Year, Vote It Loud (2017)

Tunisian-American broadcaster Lamia Rezgui

Radio Sawa documentary shortlisted for AIB award

Association for International Broadcasting Awards, Shortlist, Association for International Broadcasting (AIB) (2016)

“The Landmine Man,” a report produced by the Middle East Broadcasting Networks’ Radio Sawa was shortlisted in the Best Radio Journalism category at the 2016 Association for International Broadcasting’s (AIB) annual awards.

Alhurra’s “Delusional Paradise” wins silver at the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards

Current Affairs, Human Concerns & Social Issue Silver Award, Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards (2016)

MBN’s documentary series Delusional Paradise won the Silver Award at the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards. The winning episode, “Arraqah Screams…I Am Not Daesh,” won in the category of Best Current Affairs, Human Concerns & Social Issues documentary.

Alhurra TV promo wins bronze at New York Festivals

Bronze medal, Best Promotional Program category, New York Festivals International Television and Film Awards (2016)

The promotional video for the critically acclaimed series Delusional Paradise won the honor at the International Television & Film Awards.



“Alhurra’s talented team of journalists has provided a great service to the region by delivering accurate, unbiased news reporting, and giving a voice to the voiceless.”

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry